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UKIP Sports Spokesman lays into safe standing delays


Published Oct 23, 2017

Newly appointed UKIP Sport Spokesman, Bill Etheridge has blasted the government and footballing authorities for delays in the process of allowing safe standing back in to top level football grounds.

Repeated surveys over the last eight years have shown increasing support for the rail protected standing that is commonplace in many German stadia.
 
Borussia Dortmund’s huge stadium, the Signal Iduna Park, the 80,000 capacity has standing room for 25,000 and the atmosphere created is electric.
 
Recently, Scotland relaxed its laws so there is now a 2,600 space standing area at Celtic Park.
 
Mr Etheridge, a long standing supporter of Wolverhampton Wanderers, questioned why the whole process was taking so long.
 
He said “The first survey was in 2009 and showed 92% for this, in fact Surveys in 2009, 2012 and again in 2014, all indicated a 90%+ support for some degree of safe standing.
 
“There’s a ridiculous situation at Bristol City where the safe standing there can only be used when the rugby club play. It’s madness.
 
“We have trouble flaring in football grounds from fans standing in front of their seats, upsetting other who want to sit.
 
“Surely the best solution is for there to be separate areas or each? Such a rich industry should be looking after the loyal supporters.
 
“The fans are the ones who matter, they have been deprived of their right to stand for too long now. It’s time to redress the balance.”
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